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2017 Big Bang! Final Presentations + Awards Ceremony
May 25, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4:30 p.m. | Networking
6:00 p.m. | Keynote Address + Final Presentations + Awards Ceremony
“Sweet Spot: Finding the right time, the perfect place, the key resources for your company”
Keynote speaker Ejnar Knudsen is founder and CEO of investment firm AGR Partners, which moved its headquarters to Davis last summer to be closer to the food and agriculture hub around UC Davis. AGR Partners is a growth investor who has invested over $280 million of equity and subordinated debt in the last four years in food processors, manufacturers and agribusinesses.
Ejnar is AGR’s founder and CEO, and oversees the investment strategy. From 2009 to 2012, Ejnar was portfolio manager of Passport Capital’s Agriculture Fund. Prior to Passport Capital, Ejnar served as EVP of Western Milling, a grain and feed milling company that grew from a small California startup to over $1 billion in sales. Ejnar also spent 10 years with Rabobank, in its New York office, managing a loan portfolio and venture capital investments as well as providing corporate advisory services. Ejnar is chair of the Dairy Club and a director of Opal Foods, Icicle Seafoods, Ridley (RIC.ASX), Green Plains (GPRE) and Materra Farming. Ejnar is on the board of the California Ag Leadership Foundation and on the steering committee of the Farm Foundation. Ejnar received his B.S. from Cornell University and is a CFA charter holder. Ejnar lives in Davis, CA with his wife and their four children.
Following the keynote address, the top five BigBang! finalists will pitch their final presentations to the crowd.
We will announce the 1st and 2nd place and sponsored award winners, as well as the winners of this year’s three new challenge awards. Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner.